January 2, 2010 |
Disinfectants, be they hand sanitizers or industrial-strength cleaners, present a hospital's first blockade against bacterial infection. But this same weapon may be helping create stronger microbial enemies: superbugs that are resistant to disinfectants and commonly used antibiotics, scientists report in the January issue of the journal Microbiology. Researchers from the National University of Ireland in Galway studied lab cultures of Pseudomonas aeruginosa , which lives in soil and water.
December 3, 2007 |
For years before the mid-1980s, groundwater in parts of Southern California was contaminated with toxic solvents, yet the federal body responsible for tracking this didn't investigate the potential health threat to people who were drinking contaminated tap water. A congressional committee is now investigating why that neglect occurred. Here's a closer look at what scientists know about the main solvents of concern and their health effects.
September 23, 2007 |
The myth: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser pads are being banned because they contain formaldehyde. The reality: For once, some bad news about a product turns out to be untrue. But the rumor has become so widespread that the pads' producer, Procter & Gamble Co., posted a denial on its website: "Formaldehyde is not and has never been an ingredient." The background: Snopes.com, which investigates online rumors, started getting inquiries about the cleaning pads in 2004.
August 27, 2007 |
The products: In past ages, people generally didn't wash their hands until they had an obvious reason, perhaps involving livestock or topsoil. Or both. But in these germ-conscious times, removing dirt is almost an afterthought when we step up to the sink. Our main goal is the total and utter destruction of E. coli, salmonella, campylobacter, rhinoviruses and any other germs that might have the nerve to make us sick. Regular soap doesn't kill many germs directly.
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April 11, 2007 |
Was a legendary punk rocker arrested for possession of ... soap? That's the question surrounding last week's jailing of Germs drummer Don Bolles after a traffic stop in Newport Beach. Bolles, 50, whose real name is Jimmy Michael Giorsetti, said in an interview that he and his girlfriend were driving to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting Wednesday evening when police pulled over his 1968 Dodge van for a broken taillight.
May 10, 2006 |
Tons of chemicals in antibacterial soaps used in the bathrooms and kitchens of virtually every home are being released into the environment, yet no government agency is monitoring or regulating them in water supplies or food. About 75% of a potent bacteria-killing chemical that people flush down their drains survives treatment at sewage plants, and most of that ends up in sludge spread on farm fields, according to Johns Hopkins University research.